The essence goes through 18 important topics that each Orthodox person should know, understand and live. It is our basics of Orthodoxy, and an Orthodox 101 course.
The Objective and the Goal
If the objective is the kingdom of God, then what is our goal to reach that? The goal is a pure of heart. Throughout this discourse, we discuss what we need to have a pure heart in order to achieve our objective.
John Climacus wrote 30 steps to reach perfection - this is known as the Ladder of Divine Ascent. The depth is our version of the Ladder of Divine Ascent.
The battle is our look at the fight we are about to engage in - with the world and with ourselves. Based on the armor of God as spelled out by St Paul.
Unity and the Church
In Unity and the Church, we looked at what it means to be the one, universal and true Church. What it means to participate in the Church, and the meaning of salvation in the Church.
The One and the Many
As the old proverb goes "one Christian is no Christian". In this series we spoke about the importance of the assembly of Christians, which is known as the Church. For the Orthodox Christian, Salvation is the Church.
The Interior Way - A Personal Life of Prayer
In this series we looked at the importance of a personal life of Prayer in conjunction with the public or corporate worship of the Church. A Christian is the one who prays and as Christ says, we enter into our rooms and close the door - a personal relationship, yet united to the greater whole.
Teach Us to Pray - The Lord's Prayer
In this series, we explored the various petitions of the Lord's Prayer and their significance for the daily life of an Orthodox Christian. The Lord's Prayer, is the ultimate and most perfect prayer for the Christian.